Experts say COVID-19 It’s far from over – Sunday Times (18 April 2021)


According to Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) the coronavirus pandemic is a long way from over. The world has experienced seven consecutive weeks of increasing cases and four weeks of increasing deaths. This is despite about 780-m doses of vaccines administered globally.

According to Wits University public health expert Kerrigan McCarthy, “Covid fatigue is a global phenomenon but Covid is here to stay” and “we should not let our guard down”.

Prof Quarraisha Abdool Karim, an infectious disease expert at the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in SA says it is important for governments not to “abuse power”. On the upside, she said, “we are doing well in terms of containment and deaths”.

Prof Francois Venter of Wits University said it was “hard to predict” the third wave “but most places that have seen a classic first and second wave have seen a third”. He said a “quick and efficient” vaccine rollout could break the back of the pandemic, but “sadly, this is not happening”.

Prof Glenda Gray, president of the South African Medical Research Council, expects a third wave “if our pandemic mimics the north and their pandemic and other parts of Africa”.

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